Photos from Ruta de las Flores

Warning: If you don’t like bright colors you are not going to enjoy this post. Seriously. After the food festival this past Saturday I spent the next couple of days exploring the towns on Ruta de las Flores. Ruta de las Flores is 36 kilometer stretch of towns in northwest El Salvador that is known for it’s abundance of flowers during certain times of the year. This is supposed to be one of those times of year, but unfortunately the […]

Juayua Food Festival – Chicken Buses, Food, and Rock N’ Roll

Before arriving in El Salvador I knew that each weekend there were a couple of towns on the Ruta de Las Flores (the part of the country I’m in right now) who had food festivals on the weekends and that people from all over the country attended them What I didn’t know, was that the city of Juayua was not only having their weekly food festival, but also their annual celebration of the Black Christ, and, that this was by […]

Video: Live Salsa in Antigua

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ebFPamkhkc[/youtube] On one of my last nights in Guatemala I was able to catch some live Salsa at a bar in Antigua called La Esquina. This was actually the third time I had been to this bar, on this night (every Wednesday) to catch this band. I really love going to this place. Not only for the incredible music, but for the cool vibe, the numerous backpackers, and plenty of locals enjoying the music and dancing to their hearts content. […]

Hiking Pacaya – The Journey at Last

Two days ago, for less than what I would pay to go to the movies in the U.S. and some supplies from Backcountry.com, my friend and I hiked an active volcano named Pacaya. It’s something many have done before me, and many more will do after me, but yesterday was my day to do it, and it was freaking awesome! If you’ve been following me for awhile then you might remember that last summer Pacaya erupted just before my trip […]

Photo: Humor is Universal – Lavame

click photo to enlarge My friend and I spotted this car parked on the main street of Montericco, Guatemala. Lavame translates to “wash me” in English. Gotta love that right?

Photos From Montericco: The People and the Place

click photos to enlarge The past few days Daniel and I stayed in the small beachside town of Montericco here in Guatemala. Montericco has a volcanic sand beach and the town consists of one paved road, a few dirt roads, a boardwalk, and, you guessed it, the beach. This place is so small, it’s not even on Google Maps! It may not sound like much, but we found it to be our own little paradise. As I’m sure you can […]

Photo: Volcan de Fuego Erupting!

click photo to enlarge Yesterday morning while leaving Antigua for the beachside town of Monetricco, Daniel and I were treated to an awesome sight. The active Volcan de Fuego (Volcano of Fire) was erupting and spewing smoke and ash into the sky. The driver of our shuttle stopped for everyone to get a good look and I jumped out to take this quick shot. The driver had pulled over behind some trees so I had to run down the road […]

If Only Traveling Didn’t Require Traveling

The good part about being stuck in an airport when your flight is delayed is that you can catch up on the latest videos of people doing dumb stuff on YouTube. The bad part is that you are stuck in an airport. Right now the bad part is weighing in a bit heavier as I think we (my friend Daniel and I) have exhausted our interest in YouTube. But don’t worry, we’ve found some real gems during our 2 hour […]

UNESCO World Heritage Site #4 – Maya Site of Copan

click photo to enlarge Copan Ruinas is a Mayan archeological site in western Honduras. There is actually a small town about a mile from the site that goes by the same name. One of the first things I noticed when I visited was that the ruins are not quite as grand as the temples and monuments at Tikal, but the art and detail that has been preserved at Copan Ruinas is something worth seeing in itself. This photo is of […]

7 Interesting Facts About Honduras

The third installment in my “Interesting Facts…” series comes from the country of Honduras. While I didn’t get to spend a lot of time in Honduras this past summer, I definitely enjoyed myself during my stay and would love to go back one day. So, without any further ado, here are 7 interesting facts about the country of Honduras. 1. Honduras was formerly known as Spanish Honduras in order to differentiate itself from Belize, which was previously known (see Belize […]

UNESCO World Heritage Site #3 – Belize Barrier Reef

click photo to enlarge The Belize Barrier Reef is the second largest barrier reef in the world, behind the the Great Barrier Reef off the coast of Australia. While sailing down the coast of Belize this past summer my friends and I were able to do quite a bit of snorkeling on the Belize Barrier Reef. I snapped this picture of my friends snorkeling over the reef from our sailboat at one of our many stops. You can read the […]

9 Interesting Facts About Belize

Continuing my “Interesting Facts…” series, I’ve put together a list of 8 facts about the country of Belize. I had the pleasure of visiting Belize this past June and thoroughly enjoyed this country. 1. Until recent history, the country of Guatemala has claimed ownership of much or all of present day Belize territories. The Guatemalan claim rests on a treaty with the United Kingdom, which the Guatemalan government claims was violated, granting them the territory. After Belize claimed its independence […]

UNESCO World Heritage Site #2 – Tikal National Park

Tikal National Park was once the home of one of the largest Mayan city states. Seeing the temples and other structures for yourself is a must do if you ever have the chance to visit Guatemala. Besides the temples themselves, the park is full of different types of exotic wildlife. Many of the temples allow visitors to climb them, providing stunning views of the Guatemalan jungle that has overtaken the area. I visited Tikal during my first trip to Central […]

7 Interesting Facts About Guatemala

A few other travel blogs such as EverythingEverywhere.com and NomadicMatt.com have started doing posts for their different destinations where they list off random and interesting facts they have found about that city or country. I have been thoroughly enjoying these posts and have decided to follow suite with some of my own since I’m sure I’ll be visiting some places that haven’t been covered yet. I find most of these facts on the web but some of them come from […]

UNESCO World Heritage Site #1 – Antigua, Guatemala

I’ve decided to start posting a list of the UNESCO World Heritage sites that I visit during my travels, as many of them are amazing places to visit that provide a lot of cultural and historical insight about the countries they reside in. I got the idea to do this from Everything-Everywhere.com, as Gary has been keeping track of the sites he has visited for years now and is well over 100! So here is my first! click photo to […]

My Trip to Central America in 2011 – The Itinerary

On January 6th of next year I’ll be flying back to Central America for the second time in 6 months. I spent 5 weeks in Guatemala, Belize, and Honduras last summer and am incredibly excited to get back to Central America. This time my trip will take me on a brief visit back to Guatemala before I head south into El Salvador and eventually Nicaragua, to experience, what some say, are two of the most travel worthy countries in Central […]

It’s Been Awhile

So, I haven’t posted on the site in over two months. There have been a lot of things going on in my life keeping me away from posting as well as a lot of planning going on about future posts and upgrades to the website. Not to mention a whole bunch of new features have been added to the site and I kinda wanted to wait to start posting again until it was complete and I could show it all […]

Featured Travel Photo – Fields in Guatemala

Coffee and other crops are grown in abundance just outside of Antigua, Guatemala on the foothills of Volcan de Agua.

Featured Travel Photo – Children Bathing in Lake Atitlan

Children play and bath in Lake Atitlan in the highlands of Guatemala. This was a daily sight as the locals used the lake for bathing on what seemed to be a regular basis.

Traveling with Others > Traveling Alone > Not Traveling At All

I know, I’m an ass for putting anything to do with math in a travel blog post. If it’s been awhile for you, the signs (>) you see in the title stand for greater than. So, this title (which is just my opinion of course) reads Traveling with Others “is greater than” Traveling Alone “which is greater than” Not Traveling At All. And after my short time in Central America, this is how I truly feel. I’ve read a lot […]

Featured Travel Photo: Catedral de Santiago – Antigua, Guatemala

The Catedral de Santiago is lit up each night creating an awe inspiring view from the central park square in Antigua, Guatemala. The church is one of two churches on the square, and one of 20 or so churches throughout the small city.

The Art of Bargaining While Backpacking in Central America

The “Gringo tax” is a reality that people backpacking around the world must deal with on a regular basis. When locals spot a foreigner amongst them they tend to jack up the price of whatever they are selling, be it food, clothing, or some sort of service. Sometimes this is a modest increase in price from what a local might pay for the same item, but sometimes prices can be raised as high as ten times the original amount, or […]

Featured Travel Photo: Ziplining Through The Clouds

While in the Guatemalan highlands my friends and I got a chance to do some zip-lining just outside of the town of Santa Clara La Laguna on Lake Atitlan. Our first ride was through clear skies with a great view of the surrounding mountainsides but our second ride was right through the middle of a dense white cloud. A very cool and surreal experience.

My Interview on NoPlaceToBe.com

Last week I was lucky enough to do a quick interview with Poi and Kristy from NoPlaceToBe.com. Each week they post an interview of a fellow traveler and this week it was me. If you feel so inclined, head on over to their site to check out the interview.

Featured Travel Photo: Traffic Cops in Antigua

There were few stop signs in Antigua, Guatemala and the ones that were there seemed to be more of a suggestion than a requirement. On busier intersections, however, you could find one or more of these traffic cops. Doesn’t hurt that these two just so happened to have a stunning volcano behind them.

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